"Stop Blaming," Say Charter Parents

"Stop Blaming," Say Charter Parents

Charter school parents got some love from CPS last night, and said they didn't want to be blamed for others' failings any longer.  Magic Johnson (a millionaire from out of town) broke down in tears at an alternative high school event. More?

CHARTERS

Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett tells charter parents closings not their fault Sun Times: It was a West Side lovefest Wednesday night between Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett and charter school parents who needed a little TLC. For months, they said they felt like scapegoats, blamed by angry unionized teachers, activists and non-charter parents for prompting CPS to close a record number of traditional neighborhood schools. “People are going to say what they want, especially unhappy people,” Byrd-Bennett told a crowd of several hundred enthusiastic charter supporters gathered at Chicago Bulls College Prep, a charter school in the West Town neighborhood.

There's also a WBEZ segment on the meeting but I can't find it online yet - will add in comments.

Charter School Cancels Meeting About Expansion, But Opponents Vent Outside DNAI:  Opponents of Passages Charter School's high school plan worry it would hurt other area schools.

MAGIC JOHNSON

Magic Johnson Breaks Down in Tears While Touting Local Alternative School DNAI: The NBA legend visited the North Lawndale campus of his Magic Johnson Bridgescape schools.
Magic Johnson launches movement to combat high school dropout rate Chicago Sun-Times: Ending his speech, Cross — who had been homeschooled, floundered, then enrolled at the Chicago Public Schools alternative school operated by Magic Johnson Enterprises and EdisonLearning, Inc. — said he's determined to go to college.
Chicago Student's Story Brings Magic Johnson to Tears NBC: "Young man you made me feel so good ... just to know that you changed your life and are headed in the right direction," Johnson said.

MISC

Coming Sept. 28: TEDxWellsStreetED Catalyst: Join us for a live webcast on Saturday, Sept. 28 of TEDxWellsStreetED: Exploring Teacher Voice Beyond the Classroom. You will see and hear more than a dozen Chicago teachers and former teachers discuss what they do, and why the larger world should listen. Their short talks will feature compelling stories about teaching and learning; lessons on teacher leadership; and inspiring ideas for better schools.

$17 million expansion at Payton Prep planned Chicago Tribune: Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced today that Chicago Public Schools will expand Walter Payton College Prep, one of the city's top high schools, at a cost of $17 ...

Group closer to restoring school's name of Olympic legend Chicago Tribune: A Far South Side community took the first formal steps Wednesday toward restoring the name of Olympic legend Jesse Owens to an area school. Owens, the African-American track star whose gold medal-winning performance at the 1936 Berlin Olympics was...

Students injured by pepper spray at South Side elementary school Sun Times: A student brought pepper spray to school and it discharged, police said. Of those injured, three were in fair-to-serious condition and 16 were in good condition, Fire Media said.
"Class Action" Jacobin: Jacobin magazine and the Chicago Teachers Union's CORE Caucus will be producing a color booklet on neoliberal education reform. via CORE

NATIONAL

Delaware Seeks to Steer the Poor to Top Colleges NYT: The state plans to use application fee waivers and other information to address a pattern that limits social mobility.

GAO: Race to Top States Have Mixed Record on Teacher Evaluation Politics K12: Sustaining the new evaluation systems is going to be a tall order, nearly all Race to the Top states report released Wednesday. But overall, most Race to the Top states are happy with the level of support they're getting from the U.S. Department of Education.

NJ considers GPA requirements for teachers NY Post: A handful of states and many college teaching programs already require a 3.0. New Jersey is also looking into a final college exam for teachers. via GS

LA Unified Common Core budget buys 122 teacher coaches KPCC: The Los Angeles Unified School District’s board on Tuesday approved a $113 million plan to jump-start the switch to new Common Core learning standards — a big chunk of which will go to hiring an army of teacher coaches.

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  • “People are going to say what they want, especially unhappy people,” Byrd-Bennett told a crowd...

    My, my.

  • Will Payton's autism program also massively expand? It's needed too.

  • Massive differences between offerings at Lab School vs. Bret Harte Elementary http://ht.ly/p5jbx @valeriestrauss

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